Bowls: Loss in final for teenager

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AMY GOWSHALL'S hopes of becoming the youngest national champion at the age of 14 were dashed yesterday when her Park Avenue team were beaten 14-10 by Great Baddow in the final of the Liverpool Victoria EWBA triples event at Royal Leamington Spa.

Nora Hall, Amy and her mother, Christine, led 10-8 after 15 ends but the opposing trio of Wendy Buckingham, Viv Haste and Jill Polley struck a telling blow when they collected four shots on the penultimate end.

'I'm disappointed now, but I think I'll be proud of what I've achieved tomorrow,' said the Grimsby schoolgirl, excelling in a sport that is traditionally the domain of the more mature competitor.